1968 Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals opened their inaugural season with a 2-1 record before a severe nosedive knocked them out of any postseason contention in 1968.  The Bengals were coming off a 24-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week Two, and in this game against the Bills showed more flashes of early season brilliance.

Week 3

  • Sunday September 22
Week 3
1 2 3 4 Final
Buffalo Bills (0–3–0) 0 7 7 9 23
Cincinnati Bengals (2–1–0) 10 0 10 14 34
CIN Dale Livingston 11-yard field goal 0 3
CIN Warren McVea 80-yard rush (Dale Livingston kick) 0 10
BUF Max Anderson 14-yard rush (Mike Mercer kick) 7 10
BUF Gary McDermott 5-yard rush (Mike Mercer kick) 14 10
CIN Dale Livingston 39-yard field goal 14 13
CIN Charlie King 32-yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick) 14 20
CIN Al Beauchamp 17-yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick) 14 27
BUF Max Anderson 100-yard kickoff return (Mike Mercer kick) 21 27
BUF Safety, Robinson tackled in end zone 23 27
CIN Tommie Smiley 1-yard rush (Dale Livingston kick) 23 34
First downs 17 9
Rush-yards-TDs 24–92–2 29–149–2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15–36–160–0–2 8–18–68–0–1
Sacked-yards 5–37 2–16
Net pass yards 123 52
Total yards 215 201
Fumbles-lost 1–0 2–1
Turnovers 2 2
Penalties-yards 5–65 6–34


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5 Responses to 1968 Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

  1. billd says:

    The Bills in 1968 still had a stout defense. However, the offense was hit hard by injuries and retirements. Kemp and OG O’Donnell went down for the season with knee injuries during the preseason. Wray Carlton and Dick Hudson had retired and Lincoln was beset with nagging injuries. As the game with Cincy illustrated, its hard to win with the offense giving up two touchdowns. Mike Mercer missed two FG’s and was gone after this game, finishing the year in Green Bay. Watching the video, the Bills played giving 100%.

  2. Ray says:

    I love that classic ‘varsity’ sounding music that accompanies the video! Very collegiate inspired wouldn’t you say?

  3. HH-Western Colorado Broncofan says:

    Billd is right. In the preseason and the first few games of the 1968 regular season Buffalo’s quarterback situation was bad, bad, bad. Jack Kemp went down in the exhibition season, Tom Flores in week 2 (?), rookie third stringer Dan Darragh around the midway part of the season, and then Kay Stephenson. By the time Buffalo played Denver towards the end of the season, wide receiver Ed Rutkowski was taking snaps. 1-13, a truly bad year for the Bills.

  4. charlieblue47 says:

    Hi. My name is Brandon King. My father, Charles King ran back a 32 yard interception in this game. I have NEVER seen the play and my father currently suffers from dementia, in part due to the hits he took. If any of you know of a way I could view this footage please reach out to me.



  5. afl says:


    Have no idea if Charlie King’s 1968 season 32 yard int return for a touchdown is on the dvd (would guess it is), but, you can order the Cincinnati Bengals 1968 team highlights from NFL Films – here’s a direct link/go to the bottom of the page:


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